What are some of the best uses of social media either you or your peers in further education delivered in 2015?
Did you particularly admire how a colleague used hashtags to encourage conversations with other practitioners on Twitter?
Were you enthralled with the rise of Periscope and quickly caught on to its power to engage existing students through video capture, or recruit new ones?
What about the growing use of Medium for blogging?
Or perhaps you’re a skills provider who used Facebook groups to keep in touch with learners on placement?
I’m sure you’ll have lots of examples – and we want to hear the best ones, to help us celebrate and share best practice.
Celebrating best practice
Last summer we ran a competition to find 50 of the most influential higher education (HE) professionals on social media. We were delighted with the response we received, and also by the myriad of creative and inventive ways in which people were using social – across different job titles, channels and use cases.
Our final 50 featured an impressive mix of academics, vice-chancellors, librarians and IT staff who demonstrated a variety of outstanding case studies of social media use in HE.
From using Facebook groups for peer assisted learning to streaming live events through Periscope, it was great to see individuals maximising the use of long-standing social channels whilst also exploring new platforms and the potential opportunities they provide for influencing teaching and learning.
We were really pleased to highlight the individuals concerned and the work they were doing. More than this, feedback confirmed that there were plenty of others across higher education who found inspiration and are trying out new ideas as a result. That was always what we hoped would happen, and we’re thrilled to see it’s the case.
An invitation to further education (FE) and skills
We’d always intended to repeat the exercise for FE and skills practitioners, and the response we had from the sector after the HE version only served to reinforce our decision, with lots of people getting in touch to ask how and when it would be happening.
We are now inviting nominations for our FE and skills competition, which will work in exactly the same way.
If you, or someone you know, has used social media to generate a positive impact or change within your organisation, this is your opportunity to shout about it to the world.
You can nominate yourself or someone you know – although please do check with them first. Nominations will then go to an experienced judging panel of social media experts from Jisc and the wider community to decide who are the most influential.
We’ll be announcing these via our @Jisc Twitter account later this month, so keep your eyes peeled.
A list of the top 50 will then be announced on our website for Digifest, which takes place on 2-3 March 2016 – and of course shared on Jisc’s social media channels too. We'll also be highlighting some of the good practice during the festival, so make sure you check it out.
We want to know how you’ve used social media to:
- Address a specific need or challenge
- Have a positive impact at your institution or on the wider community
- Overcome any barriers in learning, teaching or research
- Create efficiencies such as costs, time savings or improved outputs
- Implement best practice
The competition is now open and you can submit your entry (either for yourself or someone you know) online. Please remember to read the full guidelines and criteria. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 3 February 2016.
You can also follow the conversation using the hashtag #Jisc50social.